Today's my birthday: my favorite day of the year!

I want to share 40 valuable lessons I have learned in my 40 years of life.

1. Family is the cornerstone of life, and I was born into the most supportive family of all. Even from afar, we are as one.

2. True friends are a rare and precious gift.

3. Quality always trumps quantity in friendships, and I have been blessed with incredible humans I get to share my life with. Forever grateful to you!

4. Gratitude is the key to a content heart.

5. Every day is a gift; cherish it.

6. Hard work is the foundation of achievement.

7. Persistence pays off in the long run. Trust me.

8. Failure is a valuable teacher.

9. Success is subjective; define it for yourself.

10. The pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong journey. I am thankful my grandpa taught me that.

11. Embrace change; it's the only constant.

12. Adaptability is a strength. Be like water, and life will take you where you need to be.

13. Patience is a virtue worth cultivating.

14. Self-discipline is the bridge between goals and achievements.

15. Prioritize self-care; you can't pour from an empty cup.

16. Acts of kindness ripple through the world. Be kind, always.

17. The power of saying "I love you" cannot be overstated.... so I say it today "I LOVE YOU!"

18. Express your feelings openly and honestly.

19. Vulnerability fosters deep connections.

20. Active listening is a gift to others.

21. Don't take loved ones for granted.

22. Time spent with family and friends is priceless.

23. Quality time is more valuable than material possessions.

24. Gratitude is a state of mind.

25. Count your blessings regularly.

26. Seek joy in the little things. They are not little.

27. Mindfulness enhances the beauty of the present moment.

28. Your thoughts shape your reality; choose them wisely.

29. Practice self-compassion; you're only human.

30. Be like water. Flow. Life will take you wherever you need to be.

31. Continuous self-improvement is a lifelong commitment.

32. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth.

33. Set clear intentions for your life.

34. Your values are your guiding principles.

35. Simplicity often leads to a more meaningful life. Less is actually more.

36. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small.

37. Don't leave a legacy. LIVE your legacy.

38. Be a source of inspiration. Encourage others to lead meaningful lives.

39. Legacy is not measured by wealth or possessions, but by the positive impact you have on others. It's the small, daily acts of love and kindness that define your legacy.

40.Strive to be remembered for the love you gave and the lives you touched.

We only live once.

Live well... and take a LOT of photos.